Eco-activists teargassed as they storm German coal mine
Environmental activists have broken through police lines and stormed a lignite mine in western Germany, protesting against the use of coal.
A few people from the group EndeGelaende, which translates as “It’s finished now”, managed to break through police lines. The incident took place in Garzweiler, west of Cologne, local DPA news agency reported.
The trespass caused the step-up in security: 1,200 police officers arrived at the site and made several arrests.
Officers used pepper spray, batons, and tear gas against the demonstrators, and were removing the activists from the scene, according to police spokesman Anton Hamacher, as quoted by AP.
Bucket-wheel excavators had to be closed for safety reasons during the protest, the spokesman for German energy company RWE, in charge of the mine, Lothar Lambertz, said.